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Old 06-18-2012, 11:45 PM   #21
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How much would the packet cost? 2 powerheads and wave maker?
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:47 PM   #22
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I got mine a long time ago, but it was like $75.
Check on Drsfostersmith.com.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:59 PM   #23
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Thanks. Last problem.. You guys have helped a lot and this has been bugging me for a couple weeks. I'm using a trickle filter with a protein skimmer and they're both doing fine but what I've noticed is that my tank is almost over flowing but the trickle filter keeps running low on water.. Whats wrong?!
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:07 AM   #24
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That is probably just from the evaporation of water from the tank. It is visible in the sump, not the display tank. Just top off with pure water, preferably RO/DI water.
Just so you know, that trickle filter, if set up with Bio-balls, can become a problem producing nitrates. The Bio-balls trap detritus, which in turn, turns to nitrate. Most people have abandoned the Bio-ball technique. Most have gone to a filter sock/protein skimmer combination in a sump.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:43 AM   #25
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Yeah but like my tank is about to over flow I don't think water is moving through it fast enough. I found some powerheads but there is only 2 sizes 500 gph and 1600 gph
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:54 AM   #26
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Idk, maybe something is partially clogging your drain, or your overflow cant keep up with your pump. You may have to put a ball valve on your water return, so you can adjust the amount of water going back to the tank.
As far as the powerheads, there are many out there. I know Maxi's come in 4 different sized alone. The highest rated at about 280gph, the Maxi-jet 1200. 2 of these would definitely move some water in your tank. I would probably just go with 2 -900's, these push about 235gph. The wavemaker I use is a Natural Wave Timer, It's basically a glorified power strip, and like $35.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:57 AM   #27
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What do you think about Hydor Koralia Evolution Powerheads? I could get these but idk what size..
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:02 AM   #28
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I really can't comment on them, as I've never owned any. The best thing you could do is ask on here, and read reviews on the pumps. Many people do use them, on this site though.
Good luck with the research Juan!
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:07 AM   #29
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Last question! Do I need a wave maker for the power heads or can I run them straight up?
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:14 AM   #30
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A wavemaker helps the current to be somewhat random, this is more of a concern with corals than anything. It is definitely better to have one, but any flow is better than none.
Best of luck man,
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